No, there is no substitute for a cat
With a dog, you own the dog and tell it what to do
With a cat, now that's a totally different story
the car totally owns you and no matter what you tell, ask, or beg the cat to
do, if it doesn't feel like it, it won't.
Assuming you sleep on your side, a cat will walk from your feet to your
head, very slowly and dig its claws in with every step, if you hadn't
awoken by then, it will place its furry body directly across your nose and
mouth, preventing you to get any more breath and further peaceful sleep-in.
Remembering, that they only do this, because they love you
And of coarse, that they are hungry
There was this feral cat living in our back yard, my wife--being a
woman--insisted on feeding it and even caught it and took it in to be fixed
after it had a litter on our patio. On a good day my wife could briefly
scratch the top of the critter's head when feeding it, that was about it. I
figured if we were going to feed the damn thing we had some affection
payback coming, so I set out to train the cat. It took quite awhile, but I
remember the day my wife came out on the back porch to see the cat curled up
in my lap, she didn't believe me when I'd told her I'd got the cat to do
that. Now the cat mostly lives in our house, rubbing our ankles, hopping up
in our laps, watching TV with us (she likes nature shows, I suspect she
fantasizes about being a lion) and sleeping in the spot I trained her to
sleep--a big reading chair in our office. I realize food is a big part of
this, not to mention a warm place to be in the winter, but the cat's clear
desire to share our company and be near us suggests a certain affection, I
suppose she thinks we are her substitute litter-mates or something along
those lines. So while cats might be more difficult to train than dogs, it's
amazing what you can do if you set your mind to it.
Good story ...
There was a very interesting PBS documentary recently on the
domestication of canines, and how wild species become increasing
different with each successive generation of domesticity in physiology,
physical characteristics (color, for one), and behaviour (eye contact,
pointing recognition, etc).
Apparently a feral cat is still, when all is said and done, an animal
with generations of domesticity in its genes and will act accordingly
given the opportunity.
I watched those 2 shows (if we are talking about the same and I think
we are) with absolute fascination. Just awesome.
Moxie picked up a wad of tissue in the church parking lot and I didn't
want her to have it, so I tried to get her to give it up.
No way she would, so I forced her jaws apart and took it, but as I let
go, she lunged for my hand with a very vicious bark to go with it.
She didn't draw blood (glove) but that stung quite a bit...and I was
reminded of what my navy buddy once told me... inside every dog, is a
Ahhhh..., cute little killer dog stories.
Little Bernie, all 13 lbs of him, likes to "hunt" through any shopping bags
my wife brings home. He has found "prey" a few times in those bags. My
wife makes baby quilts and often buys a stuffed animal to go with the quilt.
But Bernie thinks all stuffed animals are prey. Sooooo....., you can guess
where this is going.
So both my wife and myself had to make a quick, last minute trip to the
store to replace the little stuffed animal for the baby shower. Cuz Bernie
He definitely thinks he is a wolf. No stuffed animal is safe in his
Sounds like the same documentary ... IIRC, this one that included the
Russian scientists who followed successive generations of domesticated
wolves for 50+ years?
Real science for a change, not the version based on computer modeling
from interpolated/adjusted data.
Take a close look at those chompers if you don't believe that. ;)
I'd bet Moxie, being a MaltiPoo is like 6lb Pandi, a ShiPoo, who seems
to have a bigger mouth than would fit in her head ... the further back
it goes, the wider it gets, amazingly so.
... and the bigger the teeth.
One cat I had I trained to use the toilet bowl to crap and piss in, saved
on cat litter
The other one, I acquired when he was 12 years old, I tried to train it and
when I took him into the toilet and closed the door, a few minutes later he
was there beside me in the kitchen, thinking that I hadn't closed the door
properly, I let it go, then, the next time, I made sure that I closed the
However, a few minutes later, there he was, beside me, rubbing against my
I began to wonder had Old Timers Disease caught up with me already and I had
not closed the door?
So, I took him into the toilet and closed the door, stood outside and
watched what would happen,
Then, to my surprise, the lever door handle started moving, then the bloody
The cat had taught himself to open the door.
Then I did it again, with me inside the room with him and I watched what he
as soon as he wanted to go out, he stood on the toilet, then stretched up to
the handle and moved it enough to open the door, then jumped down and out
Now, you may say, "so what, he learned that from a kitten"
But, this cat had lived all of his previous 12 years in a house which had
round door handles, he had never seen a lever type door handle before.
Cats are intelligent, this one was white Oriental, the other was a brown
Burmese and they both had no fear of dogs, Chihuahua's or German Shepherds,
one day, I watched the white one send a Bull Mastiff
yelping off into the distance when he jumped onto the dogs back and dug his
claws in as far as they would go, and all because the dog barked at him.
Contessa Frau Von Moxenstein, Queen Biatch, lets us know when it is
time for her ear-drops. She puts her head down on the ground, puts her
feet over her ears and barks, then runs to where her bottle of 'stuff'
is and then barks at it again. She knows it does her good...well NOW
she does.. she wasn't too keen at first.
But for a cat to willingly subject itself to a shot? Wowsers, it must
taste like fish or something...LOL
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